Luke Robinson '23 named top defenseman at elite lax showcase
A starter since Grade 8, anyone associated with the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Lacrosse team over the last few years knows how strong of a player Luke Robinson ’23 is as a defenseman.
After his performance at a showcase that drew lacrosse players from throughout the country, a lot more people know just how talented Luke is, too.
Luke was selected for the all-star game and named the top defenseman in his class at the 11th annual Nike Boys Philly Showcase, which attracted more than 600 players and nearly 200 college coaches to Downington, Pennsylvania, Nov. 21.
Luke on why he wanted to attend the event: “This event is known as "North America's Premier Recruiting Event," which makes it possible for me as a player to showcase what I can do in front of all different levels of college coaches. My goal was to be selected for the "Fab 40" All-Star Team. I knew this was probably a long shot because I'm a Western Mass. kid and I would be playing against players from New York, Florida, Texas and California.”
Luke on how he thinks he performed: “I was happy with how I played at this showcase and enjoyed seeing a different level of play. The big highlight was when I found out later that I was selected as the Class of 2023 Defensive Manney's Men, which the top performing defenseman in my age group.”
Luke on being named the top defensemen in his class: “I was very excited and also pretty surprised to be chosen considering it was a national event with some really good players that are already nationally ranked.”
Coach Mike MacDonald on Luke’s ability as a lacrosse player: “Luke's hard work and dedication to becoming a better athlete have propelled him to a new level. His lacrosse I.Q. and stick skills have improved, and every year he continues to improve his game. We are looking forward to Luke being a top defenseman in our league this upcoming season. It's always nice as a coach knowing that your best defensive player is still going to be around for three more years. I am looking forward to watching him grow as a player, leader and member of the WMA community.”